The week hasn't even started yet and we've got 4 huge biotech mergers

The week has started with four massive biotech deals.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Horizon Pharma will buy all outstanding shares of Hyperion Therapeutics for $US46 per share in cash, or about $US1.1 billion. The deal will expand Horizon’s portfolio of drugs for a rare metabolic disease, according to a statement.
  • Cellular Dynamics International has agreed to be acquired by Tokyo-based FujiFilm Holdings for $US16.50 a share or about $US307 million, the companies announced Monday. Cellular Dynamics is “a leading developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities to precise specifications,” and had revenues of $US16.7 million in the 2014 financial year. It surged by as much as 111% in pre-market trading.
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals will acquire Auspex Pharmaceuticals at $US101 per share in cash. “The acquisition of Auspex is a significant step in strengthening Teva’s leadership position in [the Central Nervous System franchise] and advances us into underserved movement disorder markets,” the companies said in a statement.

  • And finally, UnitedHealth will combine its pharmacy benefits unit with Catamaran Corp. to form a new competitor in the industry. UnitedHealth will buy out Catamaran for $US61.50 per share in cash.

After an ugly selloff last week, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF is over 1% higher in pre-market trading.

On Friday, Citi analysts laid out some compelling arguments for why biotechs are in a bubble, and then concluded that it is not.

The industry is in a new era where actual earnings and profits accompany the “hopes and dreams” that their inventions are usually associated with.

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